The Department of Economics offers a B.S. degree program that trains students in the tools of economic analysis and exposes them to a great breadth of areas in which those tools can be used to tackle problems. This includes international trade and finance, labor markets, industry structure, firms’ business strategy and competition, public policy and management, the environment, health care, economic development and income inequality, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, money markets, Federal Reserve policy, and law. The program provides rigorous analytical training and quantitative and programming skills that equip students to formulate and solve complex problems in the preceding areas and the daily decision-making and financial planning of their everyday lives.


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Courses You Might Take

STAT 100 - Elements of Statistics and Probability

Descriptive statistics (measures of central tendency, dispersion, correlation), elementary discrete probability distributions. An introduction to tests of statistical hypotheses.

ECON 210 - Quantitative Methods for Economists

Explore the applications of mathematics and statistics to economic decision making.

ECON 306 - Money, Banking, & Financial Intermediaries

Learn the essentials of commercial and central banking, financial intermediaries, and monetary policy.

ECON 320 - History of Economic Thought

A course on key theories and individuals in the history of economic thought including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Karl Marx.

ECON 335 - Introduction to Urban Economics

An economic analysis of the forces determining an urban area’s income, employment, land use, industrial structure, and public sector. Covers issues such as housing, central city-suburban relationships, transportation, and neighborhood economic development.

ECON 431 - Economics of Innovation & Intellectual Property

Examines conditions and mechanisms that promote firms to undertake research and development. Topics include IP licensing, network effects and standards, the role of the U.S. patent and copyright system, alternative incentive mechanisms, and technological diffusion.

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Department of Economics
  • California State University, East Bay
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • VBT 441
  • Hayward, CA 94542